Perry County, KY

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2022 Population
28,136
1% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.3
0.243% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
23.8%
10.7% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$45,330
11.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$92,800
19.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
10,104
1.38% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Perry County, KY had a population of 28.1k people with a median age of 41.3 and a median household income of $45,330. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Perry County, KY declined from 28,421 to 28,136, a −1% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,577 to $45,330, a 11.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Perry County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.73%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.956%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.75%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.469%).

None of the households in Perry County, KY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.5% of the residents in Perry County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Perry County, KY are Hazard Community and Technical College (1,587 degrees awarded in 2022) and Galen College of Nursing-ARH (126 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Perry County, KY was $92,800, and the homeownership rate was 75.7%.

Most people in Perry County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Perry County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Perry County, KY is home to a population of 28.1k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.867% of Perry County, KY residents were born outside of the country (244 people).

In 2022, there were 34.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (26.5k people) in Perry County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 769 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 269 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.5%
2022 Citizenship
98.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.5% of Perry County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Perry County, KY was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Perry County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    26.5k ± 261
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    769 ± 290
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    269 ± 94
1.11%
Hispanic Population
311 people

In 2022, there were 34.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (26.5k people) in Perry County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 769 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 269 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.11% of the people in Perry County, KY are hispanic (311 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Perry County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    28,651 ± 4,142 people
  2. Cuba
    14,970 ± 2,999 people
  3. India
    12,312 ± 2,720 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 28,651 Kentucky residents, followed by Cuba with 14,970 and India with 12,312.

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Foreign-Born Population

0.867%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
244 people
1.33%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
377 people

As of 2022, 0.867% of Perry County, KY residents (244 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Perry County, KY was 1.33%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    473 ± 122
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    126 ± 98
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    122 ± 71

Perry County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Perry County, KY employs 10.1k people. The largest industries in Perry County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,799 people), Retail Trade (1,442 people), and Educational Services (843 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,694), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,917), and Construction ($58,750).

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,220. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

10.1k
2022 Value
± 868
1.38%
1 Year growth
± 11.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Perry County, KY grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 9.97k employees to 10.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Perry County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,344 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,139 people), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (972 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Perry County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

10.1k
2022 Value
± 868
1.38%
1 Year growth
± 11.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Perry County, KY grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 9.97k employees to 10.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Perry County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,799 people), Retail Trade (1,442 people), and Educational Services (843 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Perry County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Perry County, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,389
Median earning men ± $4,642
$32,125
Median earning women ± $5,690

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,667), Construction ($67,520), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($58,117).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,023), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,286), and Public Administration ($39,063).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.51%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.98M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a 2.51% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kentucky.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 385
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 152
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 149
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Perry County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 76.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (22.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.924%).

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing the state of Kentucky. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Kentucky

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Mitch McConnell
Senator from Kentucky2
Assumed office on January 3, 1985
Rand Paul
Senator from Kentucky3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing Kentucky.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kentucky over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kentucky

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kentucky have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Perry County, KY awarded 1,713 degrees. The student population of Perry County, KY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,148 male students and 1,878 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Perry County, KY are White (1,641 and 95.8%), followed by Two or More Races (31 and 1.81%), Hispanic or Latino (16 and 0.934%), and Black or African American (13 and 0.759%).

The largest universities in Perry County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Hazard Community and Technical College (1,587 and 92.6%) and Galen College of Nursing-ARH (126 and 7.36%).

The most popular majors in Perry County, KY are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (229 and 13.4%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (170 and 9.92%), and Registered Nursing (167 and 9.75%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 3,026 students enrolled in Perry County, KY, 37.9% men and 62.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,817 records, of which 61.3% were women and 38.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 21 degrees awarded
  2. 170 degrees awarded
  3. 167 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Perry County, KY was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 21 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,587 degrees awarded
  2. 126 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hazard Community and Technical College with 1,587 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 803 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Perry County, KY, which is 0.882 times less than the 910 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,641 degrees mean that there were 52.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 31 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,368) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($192) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,078) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.821% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.756% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.17M), Some college (766k), and Secondary Education (551k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Perry County, KY was $92,800 in 2022, which is 0.329 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $77,500 to $92,800, a 19.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Perry County, KY is 75.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Perry County, KY have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Perry County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Perry County, KY is $45,330. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Perry County, KY was Census Tract 9703 with a value of $68,444, followed by Census Tract 9709 and Census Tract 9704, with respective values of $42,344 and $41,875.

In 2022, 15.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Perry County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.723%.

Property

$92,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,821
$8,541
Median Property Taxes
±$687

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Perry County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.7%
Homeownership
2022
61%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.7% of the housing units in Perry County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9703
  2. Census Tract 9709
  3. Census Tract 9704

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Perry County, KY was Census Tract 9703 with a value of $68,444, followed by Census Tract 9709 and Census Tract 9704, with respective values of $42,344 and $41,875.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Perry County, KY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$45,330
Median Household Income
± $7,923
11.3k
Number of Households
± 850

In 2022, the median household income of the 11.3k households in Perry County, KY grew to $45,330 from the previous year's value of $40,577.

The following chart displays the households in Perry County, KY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Perry County, KY is from Kentucky.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2022, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.286% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kentucky in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72%)
  2. Carpooled (19.6%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.71%)

In 2022, 72% of workers in Perry County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (19.6%) and those who worked at home (6.71%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Perry County, KY have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.02% of the workforce in Perry County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Perry County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Perry County, KY have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Perry County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.723%.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Perry County, KY (6.52k out of 27.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 45 - 54.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Perry County, KY is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 29.5% of the children was living in poverty in Perry County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 5.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 61.6 in Perry County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 40.8 per 100,000 population.

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Health

96.4% of the population of Perry County, KY has health coverage, with 28.2% on employee plans, 40.6% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 2.32% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Perry County, KY see 831 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.96% increase from the previous year (815 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1273 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 119 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

831 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Perry County, KY

Primary care physicians in Perry County, KY see an average of 831 patients per year. This represents a 1.96% increase from the previous year (815 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Perry County, KY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.4% under 18 years, 18.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.57%
Uninsured
28.2%
Employer Coverage
40.6%
Medicaid
15.1%
Medicare
10.2%
Non-Group
2.32%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Perry County, KY declined by 25.1% from 4.76% to 3.57%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 75.6 in Perry County, KY.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 40.6% in Perry County, KY.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8% in Perry County, KY.

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